Lauren Arthur on hip-hop’s newest sartorial headline-grabber
Having blasted his way into the music limelight, hip-hop rapper A$AP Rocky is also causing quite a stir in the fashion world. The Harlem born MC appeared on the music video show 106 & Park in what appeared to be a long black and white dress. As always, the internet was almost instantly abuzz with reactions; some questioned Rocky’s sexuality whilst others praised his original outfit choice. The rapper has since stated that the garment wasn’t a dress and was in fact an ‘oversized shirt’. Regardless, it appears the hip-hop artist is not alone: Kanye West performed at the Hurricane Sandy relief concert wearing a Givenchy leather skirt and meggings. Speaking to MTV and to his fans, Rocky stated: ‘If fashion is your life and that’s what you like and that’s what you’re about, express yourself, wear what you want and nothing matters, nobody else opinions matter, be the person that starts the trend.’
Spotted in the front row of New York fashion week, featured in i-D magazine’s ‘Alphabetical’ issue and having collaborated with Alexander Wang, this twenty-four year old knows his high fashion. His refreshing attitude that combines the two industries of music and fashion has earned him a lot of respect as he pushes the boundaries of one of music’s most hyper-masculine genres. Whether this hint of androgyny was a one-off ensemble or the beginning of a revolutionary hip-hop movement, Rocky, with his gold teeth and plaited braids, is certainly making a name for himself.